|ISO 800, f/8, 1/60|
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
All this snow has made my place of work, very slow. As a result, we are often asked to cut hours. I am generally the first to jump up and down while yelling pick me, pick me! When I am the chosen one, I can be seen skipping out from my work area and out the front door. I am a blur of joy!
Such was the scene yesterday. It turned out to be a fabulous day. I was able to get home in time to help my husband dig out friends of ours, we went to lunch and headed out to the fields to give the puppies a much needed run. We all had a blast. Then came the text from my phriend (her new name as she is my great photo friend). Her evening class had been cancelled! We quickly packed our camera gear and drove to a winery, which, by the way, is having a monthly photo contest. How wonderful!
Does it get better than this? An unexpected day off, time spent with my husband and puppies, and an evening filled with photo fun with a phriend.
I Learned ~ to stop complaining about all this darn snow and embraces the benefits it brings.
|Murphy waiting for us.|
|The crazy girls.|
Friday, January 28, 2011
|ISO 200, f/11, 1/800|
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
|ISO 200, f/11, 1/500|
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
|ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/100|
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
|ISO 800, f/1.8, 1/60|
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
B was subjected to today's arrival of my new toy. I played around with an open f-stop, resulting in the blur, and then changed my focal point. I have a similar shot with B in focus and his guitar blurred. I went with posting this as I wanted the red instrument to be the focal point. So far I'm liking the lens.
*I bumped down the blue saturation, bumped up saturation on the red, copied, changed to multiptly, converted to B&W and lower opacity to 70%.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Several times a year, I visit our local refuge. It is a resting point for many of our feathered friends. Some traveling 1000s of miles, making this their only stop between Brazil and the Antarctic. On one visit last year I witnessed over 40 different species of birds. Then last month after a visit to the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, I learned of the harbor Seal migration through the area, making Sandy Hook their home for the winter months.
Can I say, I
The other evening I stopped at a camera shop, inquired and played around with several different lens, a Phoenix 100 - 400mm, a Tamron 200 - 500mm, and the Sigma 150 - 500mm. I am most interested in the Sigma as it is an auto focus lens, compatible with my camera, a must for my aging eyes. This lens, unfortunately, is out of my current price range. The good news is the shop will rent it, for a day, for several days or for a week or more. Renting may be the way to go.
I am posting images taken from the same distance, I zoomed in at different mm to see the difference. While these are far from wonderful photos, I thought you might be interested in seeing them for comparison.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
When B arrived home, after a long day at work, I offered to take him out to dinner. A relaxing evening for him. I would even drive. After the 30 minute ride and upon arriving at our destination, to B’s surprise, there is was a camera shop in the same plaza. Go figure!
Here he is,
Monday, January 17, 2011
Disappointed, I turned to leave when I noticed the cutest little dog. I inquired and was told he had only arrived that day. He was a shepherd/beagle mix. I asked if I could see him and I sat down on the floor. Sitting still and quietly, allowing this unfamiliar dog to sniff. All he wanted to do was curl up on my lap and sleep. He had picked me to be his person!
Murphy has been with me for nearly 10 years. I am still not certain of his origin but he certainly is not a shepherd/beagle mix. He is a soft dog, who is easily upset by anything out of the ordinary and behaves more like a cat than a dog. He is my middle child often lost between my older (now gone) family dog, Orlando, and the 13 TSE puppies we have raised since his arrival.
I am often asked, “what kind of dog is that?”, my reply, “he is a good dog.”
Sunday, January 16, 2011
ISO 800, f/5.3, 1/40
I was finding it difficult to get the correct settings, I didn't know if I should adjust for the white walls and sweater or on the puppies. Decision was to desatutate and lighten it up in Photoshop. I like the way it softened the colors creating a blending. However, I would have liked Willow and Shyla's adorable faces to be a little more defined. Any suggestions?
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Not much further down the road is our local Humane Society, animal shelter and a rescue zoo. Dana and I made a “pinky promise” not to go into the shelter. With 5, much loved, pets between us, either of us needs another animal in our homes. We knew enough not to be tempted. To our misfortune, the zoo area was closed, but after peering through the fencing we spied a flock of peacocks. Their brilliant colors stood out against the sparkling white snow, a sight we could not pass up. Suddenly, I was forgetting about my frozen toes and fingers.
ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/250
Friday, January 14, 2011
When the sun finally made it’s presents, I played around with creating starbursts. While this photo is over exposed for my liking, I am pleased with the starburst.
ISO 200, f/14, 1/800
Thursday, January 13, 2011
One day that gallant shepherd would be guiding a visional impaired person through the streets of cities and the journeys of life.
I wanted to raise a puppy for them too. Dad refused insisting I would never be able to give the puppy back. It would break the hearts of each of my family members to have a dog be a part of our family for a year and a half only to be given up and never to be seen again. I knew one day, I could and would, raise one of these special puppies, a puppy with a purpose.
Fast forward to 1995, I am now married with 2 young sons, our family dog passes away and there is an quiet emptiness in our home. I reach out to my local 4-H program and weeks later an adorable, fuzzy, little, tail wagging, 7 week old puppy arrives on my door step. This puppy becomes part of my family, is loved and cared for as if one of our own. He is taken everywhere with us, he is being shown the world is a wonderful place to be and people are caring. 16 months later our phone rings and we are given the “recall date”. A reprehensive of The Seeing Eye arrived and with overwhelming sadness and tremendous joy, we return their puppy to them. He graduates from formal harness training college at their school and is paired with his person. This is one of the proudest days for my family. This dog has changed not only our lives but has help to provide independences and dignity to a blind individual.
Shyla ♥ is the “lucky” # 13th puppy which my family and I have raised. Her recall day will be sometime in April. Until that day she will grace us with her joy for life, her zest for chewing and her ability to love us unconditional.
ISO 800, f/4.8, 1/30
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
from his mouth to your ears,
While at the Radio Station yesterday, I had to take the opportunity to investigate all angles on all objects. I really liked the way this shot came out, but, being the good wife, I couldn't post an image of the microphone and not a photo of my hardworking husband. Hence, yesterday's post featured B and today one of the fun photos taken.
I did edit this in Photoshop ~ I created 3 layers, 1 ~ the original, 2 ~ softlight @ 100 opacity, 3 ~ softlight @ opacity 65%. I liked the way it made the background so black and the highlights "pop".
ISO 1600, f/5, 1/5 sec
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
ISO 1200, f/4.5, 1/30 sec
Monday, January 10, 2011
Luckily, with the snowfall, came a lack of activity at work. When the higher ups asked for volunteers to leave early, I jumped up and down waving my hands high in the air like a school girl. I was first out the door. Many photo opportunities were indeed waiting for me.
ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200This photo was edited in Elements 6, I raised the red saturation, to bring out the fire hydrant, copied the layer and converted it to B&W, lowered the opacity to 70%.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Willow, my 3 year old, career changed Seeing Eye dog, wants to know if it's safe to come out,
and Shyla, my 11 month old, Seeing Eye puppy in training, looks inquiringly as to what keeps landing on her muzzle.
ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/250 sec
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
While I am happy with the images we obtained, we were not able to capture the effect we set off after. Perhaps we were too close to the light? Do you need to be further away? Does the light need to be stationary? Ours revolves. I believe I had the correct settings as I did get a burst from the lower illumining tower light. Any suggestions??
I learned, I am getting better at night photography but just when I think I have this down ~ I really don’t!
Please critique, any and all comments are always welcome.
view others @ Sky Watch Friday.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The one I post today of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, has an artsy look more than the look of a photograph. Although, this is not what I was going for, I rather like it.
This evening, I plan on heading out with a good photo friend to practice some night photography. Hopefully tomorrow you will view the awesome photo I have in my minds eye.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
We briefly debated several sites and decided on a beach area which either of us frequent. On this site, stands the USA’s oldest working lighthouse. Built in 1764, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse is still in use. Due to it’s vantage view point of New York City, the Army took control of the area, and since 1899, Fort Hancock has called it home. In 1974, it was decommissioned and now only the Coast Guard remains active there. Many of the structures have fallen into disrepair.
Today, I vowed not to fall back to auto mode. I forgot to compensate for the remaining bright white snow and many of my photos were over exposed, giving them a ghostly and interesting look. Perhaps having a better "feel" than had I used the technically correct settings. Hey, it works for me and it was great fun to be out.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Man against Mother Nature ~ One week later and we are (what I actually mean ~ B is) still removing mounds of snow from the walkway and driveway. The time had come to make the final attempted at clearing out the now wet, slushy snow and honestly sharing one car was getting old.
B’s , almost 50 year old, back decided it was time to take advantage of “the miracle of modern machinery”. After little debate, a new monster snowblower arrived at our home. Funny how happy just being able to get both cars in and out of the garage can make me. Thanks Hon ♥
Sunday, January 2, 2011
ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/60
In an effort to improve my photography, I resolve to take more photos in manual mode. Today I set the tripod, grabbed the remote and asked B to join me, with thoughts of taking a nice shot of the two of us. Shyla, my 10 month old, gate jumping, tail wagging, face kissing, puppy, had plans of her own. There is no gate which can hold her back. Just as B and I sat and snuggled together, Shyla jumped over and ran in immediately “kissing” the two us. I took 20 or so shots all with the back end of my tail wagging puppy being the main focus. Even in this photo she is right between us. She is too darn cute. ♥
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to documenting 2011 through a pictorial daily diary on a Project 365. If you’re a new visitor to my little place in cyber space, please feel free to take a look around.
You will find my photographs are not always consistent. I have days in which I can take 100s of photos and I am pleased with each of them. Often getting false thoughts, thinking I have mastered this thing called photography. On other days I can take 100s of photos, upload them, and as I start to viewing, I find myself wondering if my camera was even at the same location I was.
I started thinking about what I should post as my first photo, I wanted a photo of my husband and I, in a warm embrace, with lots of Christmas tree bokeh in the background. What I had in my minds eye and what I actually photographed were in fact two different images. It is a bit over exposed and to my disappointment, no bokeh. My current lens stops at f/5.6. I am happy to report I did order a new lens, a 60mm f/2.0!! As a result of the poor image, I tried another idea and again I am disappointed with the result.
I promise I will continue with the project, I just can’t promise you’ll be viewing a “professional” type image. Please critique, any and all comments are always welcome. My hope is to learn about and to improve my photographs while undertaking this project.